Graduate Program

Transgrid calling for graduates to help shape the grid of the future

20 October 2021

Transgrid has begun recruiting for its 2022 Graduates Program which offers a unique opportunity to learn from leading energy experts and play a role in connecting Australia to a renewable energy future.

As part of the award winning 'Leaders of Tomorrow' program graduates join a two-year immersion program which combines on-the-job learning with formal training.

Transgrid Learning and Development Co-ordinator Whitney Spooner said the program allows graduates to rotate through different placements across the network.

“Graduates are supported each step of the way through a combination of training, on-the-job learning, regular check ins and mentoring from experienced leaders, allowing them to gain the skills for an exciting career in energy.

“These graduates are the next generation of leaders who will support Australia’s transition to a renewable energy future. Our goal is to have permanent roles offered to the graduates at the end of the program and we have had a 100 percent success rate so far,” she said.

Recent graduates with a degree in Engineering, Business, Construction, Project Management, Health, Safety and Environment and Marketing and Communications are encouraged to apply for the 2022 intake.

23-year- old Henry Dai from Hurstville joined the Transgrid Graduate Program 18 months ago after completing a Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Honours) at UNSW.

“I’ve met a lot of colleagues who would take that extra time and effort out of their busy schedules and go the extra mile to genuinely help me learn. I personally feel very inspired and its taught me to be the best professional that I can be,” Henry said.

While at Transgrid Henry has worked on Project EnergyConnect a new 900km electricity transmission line that will link NSW, Victoria and South Australia and also the Powering Sydney’s Future project to secure supply to the Sydney CBD.

“Each project was very different. I got to see what it took for complex designs on paper to be transformed into our future energy supply and to learn how teams work together with contractors on those complex projects.

“I also got to see how all the substation equipment worked and watch the construction – it was just like when you play Lego as a kid but this time you’ve got all the heavy machinery and I felt that time flies when I am watching the construction,” he said.

Henry is encouraging other recent graduates to consider applying for a career in energy.

“The last year has been mind-blowing and everything has exceeded my expectations. I’ve had the chance to work on multi-billion dollar projects and I felt that the team really looked after the graduates and created amazing opportunities for us to learn. It has been a very fulfilling and wonderful experience,” he said.

Transgrid said the program is also designed to increase gender and cultural diversity with a focus on developing pathways for female and indigenous engineers.

Earlier this year the program was recognised by Grad Australia as the best in the energy and utilities sector with Transgrid also rated as one of Australia's Top 100 Graduate Employers based on feedback from graduates.

Applications for Transgrid’s 2022 Graduate Program are currently open and will close on October 30.

You can learn more and apply here.